Markets - China

Investing in China Stock Market


China Market at a glance

A huge market, full of great opportunities

China is the second largest economy in the world. It is also the most populous country with a population of over 1.35 billion people. With its ongoing economic reforms and development, China has overtaken Japan as the world's second-largest economy since 2010 and passed the U.S. as the world’s largest trading nation in goods since 2012.

As the leading exporter and second-leading importer in the world, China is becoming the most important trade partner for many countries around the world and begins to play an important and influential role in the global economy.

Over the past few decades, China has been strategically investing and building its presence in the different regions across the globe. For example, it has steadily invested in infrastructure projects in Africa, Pakistan and many other countries.

In terms of investment opportunities, Chinese companies remain attractive to international investors wanting to tap into the buying power of billions of Chinese consumers. No wonder, we’ve seen the rise of the likes of Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent (BATs), which now rank among the top companies in the world.

Investors looking to tap into the Chinese market can invest either through the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) or the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE).

Investing in the China stock market

While investing directly in Chinese companies may not be as easy as buying and selling shares in your home country, there are different ways you can invest in Chinese companies. For example, Alibaba and Baidu are both listed in the US stock market. Tencent is also listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.

Here are some of the top companies listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange

  • Sinopec – China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation
  • China South Air – China Southern Airlines
  • CITIC Securities – CITIC Securities Company
  • Shandong Steel – Shandong Iron & Steel Company
  • SAIC Motor – SAIC Motor Corporation
  • CTV Media – China Television Media Ltd

Why invest in Chinese stocks?

  • China is one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the world
  • Strong domestic demand makes it less influenced by outside factors
  • Wide spectrum of industry choices
  • Potential of the RMB appreciation
  • Opportunities from China further open up the economy to the outside world
  • Investing in China's state-owned enterprises which benefited from its supportive policy

Open an account and start investing in the Chinese stock markets


Market Basic (Data Source: WFE December 2018)

Shanghai Market

Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE)

  • Market Capitalization: $3.92 (USD Trillion) 
  • No. of Listed Companies: 1,450

Shenzhen Market

Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE)

  • Market Capitalization: $2.41 (USD Trillion) 
  • No. of Listed Companies: 2,134

Exchange Trading Hours

Market Shanghai & Shenzhen Time Australia Time (AEST Summer) Australia Time (AEST Winter)
Pre-Open  9:15 am – 9:25 am 12:15 pm – 12:25 pm 11:15 am – 11:25 am
Normal Trading 9:30 am – 3:00 pm 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm 11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Lunch break 11:30 am – 1:00 pm 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

What does Monex Securities Australia Offer?


The Monex trading platform provides exposure to the China stock market. The symbol lookup tool helps you find all stocks listed on the SSE and SZSE.


Brokerage fees start at RMB 130 (approximately USD $20) and are capped at 0.30% of the total order size. Full list of fees can be found at Fees and Charges.

Order Types

We provide a collection of powerful online trading order types to fit your strategy. Simply pre-set your orders and let our system do the work for you. Order types include: Market order, Limit order, Sell stop-limit order, two-way sell order and Chain orders.


Watchlists are a perfect tool to help you keep a close eye on your  international investments. Our platform allows you to add stocks across to markets to one watchlist.